Nov 15, 2012

Caramel Apple Streusel Bars

posted by Marion@Life Tastes Good on 2012-11-15
I LOVE apple pie, but I'm just not very good at making pie crusts.  My daughter, Madison, on the other hand, can make the same exact recipe for crust and it turns out fabulous!  Why is that?? 

Don wanted something with apples... with Madison away at school, I figured I'd try something that would be sort of like apple pie just without the crust. The apples and caramel are so delicious together. This dessert is an easy way to get the apple pie taste without the hassle! Thanks Pillsbury!

  • 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 2 large apples, peeled and chopped (I used granny smith apples)
  • 1/2 cup caramel topping (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
For the Caramel Topping:
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, warmed
  • pinch of salt (to taste)
  1. In a heavy weight saucepan over mid-high heat, heat 1/2 cup sugar until it melts. This will take at about 10 minutes - maybe a little longer. Stir constantly so you don't burn the sugar (that would be bad). Once your sugar is melted you can add 1/4 cup butter. Keep stirring! Stir until you have a beautiful caramel colored smooth sauce. Be patient. It is worth the effort! Once you reach the smooth, caramel colored sauce remove the pan from the heat.  Be sure the cream is warmed all the way through. Add 1/2 cup cream a little at a time (be careful it will steam) and stir until well combined. Keep adding until all the cream is combined.  Salt to taste and enjoy the rich, smooth, creamy goodness.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.  Spray a 13x9" glass baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll dough and press in the bottom and 1/2" up the sides of the pan. Be sure to press all the seams together so it is one sheet of dough.  Sprinkle apples over dough. 
  3. In saucepan heat 1/2 cup caramel topping and 1/4 cup flour to boiling. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat and drizzle over apples. 
  4. In a medium bowl mix 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup oats, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cut in 1/2 cup softened butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in pecans and sprinkle over apples and caramel. Bake 20-25 minutes until top is golden brown and apples are tender. Let cool and enjoy!


  1. I am sooooo trying this!!!!! Sounds easy and delicious.

    1. Very easy!! If you use store bought caramel sauce it would be even easier! I love this homemade caramel though, and it isn't too much extra effort. I hope you enjoy it!!


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